2 keys to holiday hiring: Gig workers and flexible Shifts

Finding enough qualified workers to meet your holiday hiring demand is tough in any given year. 

But this year is proving to be especially brutal for employers, as your customers have seriously pent-up, post-pandemic spending needs (bottom line: your business is going to be really, really busy). So you’ll need more seasonal help than usual in 2022.

Unfortunately, holiday job seekers are reluctant to take just any old job these days. Especially with nearly two open jobs for every one person looking, which allows these hourly workers to be especially picky this holiday.

But there is one solution that you may not be considering, or have yet to tap into completely.

Consider Shifts by Snagajob for successful holiday hiring.

As our annual Holiday Hiring Report reveals, workers are now ripe for a seasonal job. Key insights from our survey of nearly 3,800 hourly workers include:

  • 81% of holiday job seekers are already looking for new roles

  • 83% are interested in a flexible work arrangement 

  • 74% rate “pay” as what they want to see most in a holiday job post

Bottom line, there are loads of holiday job seekers who are looking for flexible work that pays well. And that’s exactly the sweet spot of “gig” workers, which make up the entire pool of our vetted and W-2ed Shifts by Snagajob workers.

The difference between gig workers and hourly workers

Let’s back up and define a true gig worker, as opposed to a traditional hourly worker (also available through Snagajob, by the way). A true gig worker is someone who wants to remain completely flexible, with no set schedule. If they feel like working on a Tuesday, they work. If they don’t, they don’t. Think of rideshare drivers or dog walkers.

A traditional hourly worker, on the other hand, is not employed by your businesses, but tends to have a more set schedule. For example, your hourly worker may be scheduled to work every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm. A gig worker decides each day if they want some hours.

So how does Shifts by Snagajob work? And why is it right for holiday hiring?

With Shift by Snagajob, you simply post jobs on Snagajob when they become available.

We have a pool of vetted workers who receive an alert when your job posts. You then get notified when a worker claims your shift. We handle the rest, including payment. 

The worker shows up, works the shift, and punches out. Plus you may have found yourself a future long-term worker. Our holiday hiring survey also found that 31% of hourly workers report they would use a seasonal position to test out the company for a full-time position

It’s a win-win for both you and your Shifts by Snagajob worker. Not to mention your entire team, as it’s a great way to take the pressure off managers and busy workers during the holiday staffing rush (and beyond). Learn more and explore if Shifts by Snagajob is available in your area, and how to get started.

Darrell Jones |
Darrell is Snagajob’s Manager of Content & Copywriting, where he enjoys writing and editing advice that helps workers and businesses align and succeed. His first hourly job was totally chill, bagging ice at an ice cube f-f-f-factory.